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Did Vermeer make mistakes? What is the Milkmaid preparing in her kitchen? Is the Girl with a Pearl Earring really a masterpiece and is her pearl a fake? Why did the artist's reputation vaporize so quickly after he died and why is he so famous today? What tricks and special colors did he use? Bolstered by his lifelong study of Vermeer and decades of experience as a professional painter, Jonathan Janson reveals Vermeer's life and art in human, down-to-earth terms.

For anyone interested in Vermeer the man and Vermeer's art, rather than his myth, 25 Things You Didn't Know about Vermeer offers rare glimpses into the artist's day-to-day experiences and struggles both inside and outside the confines of his studio.


25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know about Vermeer: Tricks, Troubles and Triumphs of a Great Dutch Master
Jonathan Janson
2021 | PDF | $6.95

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Vermeer Paintings in their Frames: The Girl with a Wine Glass

This non-historical frame was produced 1989 in London, shortly after the painting had been restored. That circumstance was a chance to think about the framing. The then director, Dr. Rüdiger Klessmann, decided to renew the old frame and, more importantly, to change the color in order to increase the sense of spatial depth of the picture. The previous frame not the original one. It was somewhat similar to the frame of The Milkmaid, but of inferior quality. No specific date can be given to the wooden frame, although it may be from the end of the nineteenth century.

Glass of Wine, Johannes Vermeer

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